Goucher's Amazing Alumnae


December 02, 1990|By Elizabeth Large

Once I got staff writer Kathy Lally going, there was no stopping her. I had asked her to name some exceptional graduates of Goucher College, and here are a few she came up with:

Marion Pines, class of 1944, who's been a major force in Baltimore and national job training; Margaret Kramer, '30, who developed the first oral medicine for poison ivy immunization; Florence Seibert, '18, who developed a purified tuberculosis vaccine.

And there were more that Kathy had come across in reporting this week's cover story: Judy Lewent, '70, chief financial officer of Merck & Co., "the nation's highest ranking female CFO and one of the few women who has broken through the glass ceiling"; Sarah Tilghman Hughes, '17, who swore in LBJ; Joan Claybrook, '59, President Carter's director of National Traffic and Highway Safety; Paula Stern, '67, former chairman of the U.S. Trade Commission.

I stopped Kathy there, but you get the idea; there's some justification for the belief that a single-sex education for women can produce distinguished graduates who might otherwise have been overshadowed by having men in their classrooms.

But four years ago the all-women college went coed, to the dismay of many of the undergraduates. Kathy's story about how life at Goucher has changed with the advent of men starts on Page 6. What's happened may startle you or it may trouble you -- or maybe you'll just shrug your shoulders and say, "Of course."

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